Assawoman || Buntings Branch || Indian River || Indian River Bay || Iron Branch || Lewes-Rehoboth Canal || Little Assawoman || Rehoboth Bay
The Buntings Branch watershed is a subwatershed of the Little Assawoman Bay and is located in the south central section of Sussex County. The branch flows southward and crosses the Delaware-Maryland state line about one and one-quarter miles below Selbyville.
Little Assawoman Bay makes up one of three of Delaware's Inland Bays. The Inland Bays consist of three interconnected bodies of water - Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, and Little Assawoman Bay - all located in southeastern Sussex County. The Little Assawoman, Assawoman, and Buntings Branch watersheds are all part of the Little Assawoman Bay, and drain an area that extends from the Assawoman Canal to its confluence with Little Assawoman Bay on the southeast coast of Delaware.
The land use of the watershed is made up primarily of agriculture and wetlands. Selbyville is the only incorporated town. Cypress Swamp, a unique natural feature, is located in this watershed.
Plants and Wildlife
View of a field of crimson clover in Selbyville
Photo credit: Peggy Udinsk
Square Miles (total): 46.0
Square Miles (DE): 9.9
Population (total)*: 11,849
Population (DE)*: 1,808
States: DE, MD
Counties: DE: Sussex MD: Worcester
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 2019.
Land cover (total)†
Land cover within Delaware†
†Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management. 2016 C-CAP Regional Land Cover. Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) Regional Land Cover..